Browns back Baker Mayfield, Kevin Stefanski reiterates no QB change is coming


CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The only way Kevin Stefanski is going to pull Baker Mayfield is if the quarterback can’t walk.

A day after the Browns dropped their fifth game in Mayfield’s last seven starts, 16-10 to the Ravens, Stefanski reiterated what he said Sunday night in Baltimore – a change will not be made.

“Baker is our starting quarterback,” Stefanski said. “He is healthy and getting healthier. We just need to be better as an offense. I think Baker needs to play better, I have to coach better, we have to block better and we have to run routes better. All of the above is true. We just have to be better both individually and collectively.”

Mayfield completed 18 of 37 passes for 247 yards with a touchdown, fumble and a rating of 79.4 against the Ravens that saw the Browns offense score just three points off of four turnovers created by the defense.

“We have not wavered on baker Mayfield,” left guard Joel Bitonio said.

With Mayfield, who has been playing through a torn labrum in his left shoulder plus foot, knee and groin injuries, at the helm the offense has gone in the tank.

In five of the last six games Mayfield has started the Browns have failed to score more than 14 points, including the last three.

“I think like he told you guys last week, he was feeling the best he had in a while so I think that coupled with this time off, I think he will be feeling ready to go for Baltimore the next time,” Stefanski said. “It is our job as coaches, like we talked about, to dive into this thing and make sure we are putting Baker and all of our players in a position to succeed.”

Since Mayfield returned from a separated left shoulder that kept him out of a 17-14 win over the Broncos in Week 7, Mayfield is completing just 56.1% of his passes for 929 yards with five touchdowns, three interceptions, two fumbles and he’s been sacked 11 times.

The Browns are 2-3 in those games and are averaging a paltry 16.2 points per game.